Battle for the Falklands (2): Naval Forces (Men-at-Arms, by Adrian English

By Adrian English

Within the early hours of the cold late-autumn morning, April 2 1982, vast forces of Argentine Marines, with heavy naval and air help, had invaded the Falkland islands, speedy and virtually bloodlessly overwhelming a token garrison of Royal Marines. day after today Argentine forces additionally invaded the Falklands dependency of South Georgia, forcing the garrison of simply 22 Royal Marines to give up - notwithstanding no longer prior to they'd inflicted disproportionately heavy losses on their attackers. during this significant other to Men-at-Arms 133 & one hundred thirty five Adrian English and Anthony Watts research the naval forces of either side who fought within the conflict for the Falklands.

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She was hit by two 5001b. As of the Argentine Navy's 1st Attack Sqn. from Stanley, and burst into flames at once; she sank several hours later, losing 24 dead and 30 wounded from her crew of 170. The air attacks continued throughout the hours of daylight; the Argentines are believed to have lost a total of 14 Mirages, Daggers and Skyhawks, and one Harrier of No. 1 Sqn. RAF was shot down by a Blowpipe missile. By nightfall some 5,000 British troops were ashore in a secure beachhead some ten square miles in area—and another four Task Force ships had suffered damage.

Only one Chinook, apparently aloft on an air test, survived the raid. On the container ship Capt. Ian North and 11 members of his crew died; blackened and burnt out, she remained afloat for some days. The second Exocet fired in this incident was also successfully decoyed from Hermes by chaff and other ECM devices. The following day there was no enemy air activity, but the Harriers hit Stanley yet again. On the 27th the Argentines returned to the attack, striking at ground targets rather than the ships off shore.

During the following two days frigates once more bombarded Stanley, in concert with Harrier raids. , transhipped from QE2 at South Georgia, now landed at San Carlos, almost doubling the available British land forces. The Argentine garrison, although still much stronger than the landing forces, was now largely bottled up around Stanley, abandoning the initiative to Gen. Moore. The noose was tightening. It would appear from persistent Argentine reports that there was a further Exocet attack on 30 May; British sources are unforthcoming, beyond confirming that an Exocet was released.

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